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Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum
Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum was established in 1970 and is administered by a Joint Committee representing North Eastern City, County, and District Councils. It was established as "an Open Air Museum for the purpose of studying, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting buildings, machinery, objects and information illustrating the development of industry and agriculture and the way of life in the North of England." Beamish’s paintings are very much part of the social, industrial, and agricultural history collections. Highlights are the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth- century farm animal paintings, primarily portraits of cattle, horses, and sheep, recording the early development of and improvements to locally important breeds. In addition, there is a good collection of naive paintings of horses and pigs as well as those illustrating the people and places of the coal mining industry. A large part of the collection is made up of those paintings which ordinary people would have had in their homes, many of which would not find a home in an art gallery collection, but survive in the wide-ranging collections at Beamish as a reflection of the everyday taste of the people of the North East of England over almost two centuries.

Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

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Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

Regional Resource Centre, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG England

museum@beamish.org.uk

0191 370 4000

http://www.beamish.org.uk/

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  • 19 March 2019

    There's some amazing vehicles confirmed for our Great North Steam Fair, 11th - 14th April, including this Sentinel S6 Steam Waggon, one of only two currently active in the country. We think it looks really smart in the Hercules Brown Bread livery of its original owner! #GNSF19 https://t.co/02TlHWss6Q